Reggie McKenzie said at his press conference that he wanted to bring in "his guy" but with the way this "short list" is growing...he seems to know a lot of guys. I applaud McKenzie for looking diligently for coaching talent around the league and keeping his promise of making this a quick decision by lining up these interviews fairly quickly. I was originally worried that McKenzie would just wait for the Packers to be done with their season and just bring in Moss and hire him on the spot without doing his homework and going with a comfortable choice instead of an informed choice.
The latest news has 2 more coaching candidates that Reggie is looking to have a chat with...Mike Tice and Marty Mornhinweg.Both these men have head coaching experience of varying success.
Mike Tice has just recently been promoted from offensive line coach to offensive coordinator for the Bears replacing the departing Mike Martz. Prior to his former position with the Bears, Tice was the assistant head coach with the Jags for 3 years and prior to that was the head coach of the Vikings after replacing Dennis Green in the final week of the 2001 season.Tice had some decent success with the Vikings (33-34 record overall) and went to the playoffs once where they knocked off the Packers in their first game. I'm on the fence with the possibility of bringing Tice on as a HC. I think he got a raw deal in Minnesota as the owner at the time was pretty cheap and handicapped the talent of the team as a whole and Tice did a decent job of getting the best out of those players and had them leading the league in rushing one season. He prefers a power running scheme which as we have seen recently, favors with a talent like McFadden.
The other gentleman is Marty Mornhinweg, the Eagles assistant head coach/offensive coordinator for the past 6 years and has ties back to Green Bay with Holmgren. He was the HC of the Lions for 2 years (2001-2002) going 5-27 which isn't very impressive but when you put the Matt Millen factor into the equation it is difficult to get a good read on his ability as a HC and this was 10 years ago as well. I like what he has been able to do in Philly with the offense, they have been a successful franchise overall for the better part of the millennium and he seems to have a creative mind and gets the most out of his players.
Again, I appreciate the work that Reggie is putting into this coaching search and I hope he continues to leave no stone unturned in finding the right fit for his new vision of this team. The selection of the HC will go a long ways in showing us fans the direction of this team and we need a strong leader now more than ever as we have the talent...we just need the focus and the direction of a strong presence.